The Northwest Chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association will hold its annual meeting and conference Saturday, April 21, at the Flat Creek Inn and Suites in Hayward. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. with the program from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Owners of woodlands of any size are welcome to attend, along with anyone interested in potential climate change effects on Wisconsin forests.
Jason Holmes, Bayfield County forester and member of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts Forestry Working Group, will be the keynote speaker. Potential effects on forests and specific species and options for property management based on current science will be the focus.
Snapshot Wisconsin, a Citizen Science wildlife project, will be the topic of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff members from Madison, who will share photos collected and project updates. Attendees can find out how they can participate by hosting a trail camera and/or classifying wildlife photos online.
Chapter member Tim Christopher, who owns property in Ashland County and has been successfully participating in the Environmental Quality Incentives and Conservation Stewardship cost-sharing programs with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will describe his experiences. Area NRCS staff will provide more information about applying for funding for forest management plans and projects.
Chapter members Kent Makela and Randy Schacht will share stories and photos from their woodlands, including recovery from the destruction of the Siren tornado (Schacht) and the family history of Finnish immigrants logging the land and how that tradition is carried on today (Makela).
Lunch will be available for $10. To RSVP, call 715-354-3961 or email email@example.com.